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Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Stefan Stieger, PD

Professor of Psychology, Dept. Psychology and Psychodynamics, Division Psychological Methodology (head)

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Since 2018 University Professor for Psychological Methodology at the Karl Landsteiner University of Health Sciences, Krems an der Donau, Austria.

2015 Visiting Professor (Vertretungsprofessor) for Research Methods, Assessment, and iScience, Department of Psychology, University of Konstanz, Germany.

2014–2018 Assistant Professor (post-doc) in the Research Methods, Assessment, and iScience group, Department of Psychology, University of Konstanz, Germany.

2014 Visiting Professor (Gastprofessor), School of Psychology, University of Vienna, Austria.

2012 Habilitation (Privatdozent), Psychology, University of Vienna, Austria.

2008–2013 Assistant Professor (post-doc) and lecturer at the Department of Basic Psychological Research and Research Methods, School of Psychology, University of Vienna, Austria.

2006 Dissertation (Dr. rer. nat.), Psychology, University of Vienna, Austria.

2004–2008 External lecturer at the University of Vienna, Austria.

2004–2006 Lecturer at the Medical University of Vienna, Austria.

2003–2008 Research scientist (pre-doc) at the Department of Medical Education, Medical University of Vienna, Austria (Prof. Siegfried Meryn).

2001 Internship (two months) at the University of Zurich, Switzerland (Dr. Ulf-Dietrich Reips).

2001–2003 Administrative assistant at the Department of Educational Psychology and Evaluation, School of Psychology, University of Vienna, Austria (Prof. Christiane Spiel).

2002 Diploma (Mag. rer. nat.), Psychology, University of Vienna, Austria.

1997–2002 Study of Psychology at the University of Vienna, Austria.


  1. 2021

    • Conference Paper

      • Götz, F.M., Matz, S., Stachl, C., Horstmann, K.T., Maertens, R. & Stieger, S., 2021. Presentation: New developments in psychological assessment and how to use them. In Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) 2021 Virtual Convention. 9.-13.2.2021. Online.

      • Lewetz, D. & Stieger, S., 2021. Presentation: ESMira: A comprehensive open source tool for smartphone-based ESM research. In 16th Arbeitstagung der Fachgruppe für Differentielle Psychologie, Persönlichkeitspsychologie und Psychologische Diagnostik. 12.-15.9.2021. Ulm, Germany.

      • Maertens, R., Götz, F.M., Schneider, C., Roozenbeek, J., Kerr, J., Stieger, S., McClanahan, W.P., Drabot, K. & van der Linden, S., 2021. Presentation: The Misinformation Susceptibility Test (MIST): A psychometrically validated measure of news veracity discernment. In Society for Personality and Social Psychology SPSP 2021 convention. 9.-13.2.2021. Online.

      • Schmid, I., Altenburger, P., Lewetz, D. & Stieger, S., 2021. Presentation: Wearables and a sensor-based physical analogue scale: A pilot study about social media ostracism. In 63. Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen (TeaP). 14.-16.03.2021. Online.

      • Volsa, S., Stieger, S., Lewetz, D. & Batinic, B., 2021. Less is more: Resources and arguments for the use of simple one-button wearables in Ambulatory Assessment studies. In SAA – Society for Ambulatory Assessment.

      • Volsa, S., Stieger, S., Lewetz, D. & Batinic, B., 2021. Presentation: Measuring laughter: How wearable devices can improve data accuracy. In 63. Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen (TeaP). 14.-16.03.2021. Online.

      • Volsa, S., Stieger, S., Lewetz, D. & Batinic, B., 2021. Presentation: Overview of the options and benefits of simple one-button wearables for ESM research. In 16th Arbeitstagung der Fachgruppe für Differentielle Psychologie, Persönlichkeitspsychologie und Psychologische Diagnostik. 12.-15.9.2021. Ulm, Germany.

    • Journal Article

      • Jones, B.C., DeBruine, L.M., Flake, J.K., Liuzza, M.Tullio, Antfolk, J., Arinze, N.C., Ndukaihe, I.L.G., Bloxsom, N.G., Lewis, S.C., Foroni, F., Willis, M.L., Cubillas, C.P., Vadillo, M.A., Turiegano, E., Gilead, M., Simchon, A., S. Saribay, A., Owsley, N.C., Jang, C., Mburu, G., Calvillo, D.P., Wlodarczyk, A., Qi, Y., Ariyabuddhiphongs, K., Jarukasemthawee, S., Manley, H., Suavansri, P., Taephant, N., Stolier, R.M., Evans, T.R., Bonick, J., Lindemans, J.W., Ashworth, L.F., Hahn, A.C., Chevallier, C., Kapucu, A., Karaaslan, A., Leongomez, J.David, Sanchez, O.R., Valderrama, E., Vasquez-Amezquita, M., Hajdu, N., Aczel, B., Szecsi, P., Andreychik, M., Musser, E.D., Batres, C., Hu, C.-P., Liu, Q.-L., Legate, N., Vaughn, L.Ann, Barzykowski, K., Golik, K., Schmid, I., Stieger, S., Artner, R., Mues, C., Vanpaemel, W., Jiang, Z., Wu, Q., Marcu, G.M., Stephen, I.D., Lu, J.G., Philipp, M.C., Arnal, J.D., Hehman, E., Xie, S.Y., Chopik, W.J., Seehuus, M., Azouaghe, S., Belhaj, A., Elouafa, J., Wilson, J.P., Kruse, E., Papadatou-Pastou, M., De La Rosa-Gomez, A., Barba-Sanchez, A.E., Gonzalez-Santoyo, I., Hsu, T., Kung, C.-C., Wang, H.-H., Freeman, J.B., Oh, D.Won, Schei, V., Sverdrup, T.E., Levitan, C.A., Cook, C.L., Chandel, P., Kujur, P., Parganiha, A., Parveen, N., Pati, A.Kumar, Pradhan, S., Singh, M.M., Pande, B., Bavolar, J., Kačmár, P., Zakharov, I., Alvarez-Solas, S., Baskin, E., u. a., 2021. To which world regions does the valence-dominance model of social perception apply?. Nature human behaviour.

      • Stieger, S., Götz, F.M., Wilson, C., Volsa, S. & Rentfrow, P.J., 2021. A Tale of Peaks and Valleys: Sinusoid Relationship Patterns Between Mountainousness and Basic Human Values. Social Psychological and Personality Science, S.19485506211034966.

      • Stieger, S., Lewetz, D. & Swami, V., 2021. Emotional Well-Being Under Conditions of Lockdown: An Experience Sampling Study in Austria During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Journal of Happiness Studies.

      • Swami, V., Tran, U.S., Stieger, S. & Voracek, M., 2021. Developing a model linking self-reported nature exposure and positive body image: A study protocol for the body image in nature survey (BINS). Body Image, 40, S.50-57.

      • Wang, K., Goldenberg, A., Dorison, C.A., Miller, J.K., Uusberg, A., Lerner, J.S., Gross, J.J., Agesin, B.Bamikole, Bernardo, M., Campos, O., Eudave, L., Grzech, K., Ozery, D.Hausman, Jackson, E.A., Garcia, E.Oswaldo Lu, Drexler, S.Meir, Jurković, A.Penić, Stieger, S., Wilson, J.Paul, Antoniadi, M., Desai, K., Gialitaki, Z., Kushnir, E., Nadif, K., Bravo, O.Niño, Nauman, R., Oosterlinck, M., Pantazi, M., Pilecka, N., Szabelska, A., van Steenkiste, I.M.M., Filip, K., Bozdoc, A.Ioana, Marcu, G.Mariana, Agadullina, E., Adamkovic, M., Roczniewska, M., Reyna, C., Kassianos, A.P., Westerlund, M., Ahlgren, L., Pöntinen, S., Adetula, G.Agboola, Dursun, P., Arinze, A.Ikechukwu, Arinze, N.Chisom, Ogbonnaya, C.Esther, Ndukaihe, I.L.G., Dalgar, I., Akkas, H., Macapagal, P.Manuel, Lewis, S., Metin-Orta, I., Foroni, F., Willis, M., Santos, A.Caetano, Mokady, A., Reggev, N., Kurfali, M.A., Vasilev, M.R., Nock, N.L., Parzuchowski, M., Barría, M.F.Espinoz, Vranka, M., Kohlová, M.Braun, Ropovik, I., Harutyunyan, M., Wang, C., Yao, E., Becker, M., Manunta, E., Kaminski, G., Marko, D., Evans, K., Lewis, D.M.G., Findor, A., Landry, A.Thibault, Aruta, J.Jamir Benz, Ortiz, M.S., Vally, Z., Pronizius, E., Voracek, M., Lamm, C., Grinberg, M., Li, R., Valentova, J.Varella, Mioni, G., Cellini, N., Chen, S.-C., Zickfeld, J., Moon, K., Azab, H., Levy, N., Karababa, A., Beaudry, J.L., Boucher, L., W. Collins, M., Todsen, A.Louise, van Schie, K., Vintr, J., u. a., 2021. A multi-country test of brief reappraisal interventions on emotions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nature human behaviour.

  2. 2020

    • Journal Article

      • Budimir, S., Beierle, F., Zimmermann, J., Allemand, M., Neff, P., Pryss, R., Stieger, S., Probst, T. & Schlee, W., 2020. Frequency and Duration of Daily Smartphone Usage in Relation to Personality Traits. Digital Psychology, 1(1), S.20-28.

      • Götz, F.M., Stieger, S., Ebert, T., Rentfrow, P.J., Lewetz, D., Vazire, S. & Chung, J., 2020. What Drives Our Emotions When We Watch Sporting Events? An ESM Study on the Affective Experience of German Spectators During the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Collabra: Psychology, 6(1).

      • Götz, F.M., Stieger, S., Gosling, S.D., Potter, J. & Rentfrow, P.J., 2020. Physical topography is associated with human personality. Nature human behaviour.

      • Stieger, S., Aichinger, I. & Swami, V., 2020. The impact of nature exposure on body image and happiness: an experience sampling study. International journal of environmental health research, S.1-15.

      • Stieger, S., Schmid, I., Altenburger, P. & Lewetz, D., 2020. The Sensor-Based Physical Analogue Scale as a Novel Approach for Assessing Frequent and Fleeting Events: Proof of Concept. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 11(1311).

      • Swami, V., Furnham, A., Horne, G. & Stieger, S., 2020. Taking it apart and putting it back together again: Using Item Pool Visualisation to summarise complex data patterns in (positive) body image research. Body Image, 34, S.155-166.

      • Swami, V., Todd, J., Stieger, S. & Tylka, T., 2020. The Body Acceptance by Others Scale: An Assessment of its Factorial Validity in Adults from the United Kingdom. Body image.

      • Swami, V., Todd, J., Stieger, S., Furnham, A., Horne, G. & Tylka, T.L., 2020. Body acceptance by others: Refinement of the construct, and development and psychometric evaluation of a revised measure - The Body Acceptance by Others Scale-2. Body image, 36, S.238-253.

      • Swami, V., Tran, U.S., Barron, D., Afhami, R., Aime, A., Almenara, C.A., N. Dal, A., Amaral, A.C.S., Andrianto, S., Anjum, G., Argyrides, M., Atari, M., Aziz, M., Banai, B., Borowiec, J., Brewis, A., Y. Kocak, C., Campos, J., Carmona, C., Chaleeraktrakoon, T., Chen, H., Chobthamkit, P., Choompunuch, B., Constantinos, T., Crumlish, A., Cruz, J.E., Dalley, S.E., Damayanti, D., Dare, J., Donofrio, S.M., Draksler, A., Escasa-Dorne, M., Fernandez, E.F., Ferreira, M.E.C., Frederick, D.A., Garcia, A.A., Geller, S., George, A., Ghazieh, L., Goian, C., Gorman, C., Grano, C., Handelzalts, J.E., Horsburgh, H., Jackson, T., Delgado, L.G.J.Jave, Jovic, M., Jovic, M., Kantanista, A., Kertechian, S.K., Kessels, L., Krol-Zielinska, M., Kuan, G., Kueh, Y.C., Kumar, S., Kvalem, I.L., Lombardo, C., E. Almada, L.Lopez, Maiano, C., Manjary, M., Massar, K., Matera, C., Mereiles, J.F.F., Mesko, N., Namatame, H., Nerini, A., Neto, F., Neto, J., Neves, A.N., Ng, S.K., Nithiya, D.R., Omar, S.S., Omori, M., Panasiti, M.S., I. Banai, P., Pila, E., Pokrajac-Bulian, A., Postuvan, V., Prichard, I., Razmus, M., Sabiston, C.M., Sahlan, R.N., Sarfo, J.O., Sawamiya, Y., Stieger, S., SturtzSreetharan, C., Tee, E., Hoor, G.A.Ten, Thongpibul, K., Tipandjan, A., Tudorel, O., Tylka, T., Vally, Z., Vargas-Nieto, J.C., Vega, L.D., Vidal-Mollon, J., Vintila, M., Williams, D., Wutich, A., Yamamiya, Y., u. a., 2020. The Breast Size Satisfaction Survey (BSSS): Breast size dissatisfaction and its antecedents and outcomes in women from 40 nations. Body Image, 32, S.199-217.

  3. 2019

    • Conference Paper

      • Stieger, S., Götz, F.M., Rentfrow, P.J., Gosling, S.D. & Potter, J., 2019. Presentation: Association of mountainousness and personality in a large American sample. In 15th Arbeitstagung der Fachgruppe für Differentielle Psychologie, Persönlichkeitspsychologie und Psychologische Diagnostik. 16.-18.9.2019. Dresden, Germany.

    • Journal Article

      • Götz, F.M., Stieger, S. & Reips, U.-D., 2019. The Emergence and Volatility of Homesickness in Exchange Students Abroad: A Smartphone-Based Longitudinal Study. Environment and Behavior, 51(6), S.689-716.

      • Stieger, S. & Reips, U.-D., 2019. Well-being, smartphone sensors, and data from open-access databases: A mobile experience sampling study. Field Methods, 31.

      • Stieger, S., 2019. Facebook Usage and Life Satisfaction. Frontiers in psychology, 10, S.2711.

  4. 2018

    • Conference Paper

      • Götz, F.M., Stieger, S., Rentfrow, P.J., Gosling, S.D. & Potter, J., 2018. Presentation: Far over the misty mountains: A large-scale exploration of the relationship between mountainousness and personality. In 19th European Conference on Personality (ECP). 17.-21.7.2018. Zadar, Croatia.

      • Stieger, S. & Lewetz, D., 2018. Präsentation: Eine Woche ohne soziale Netzwerke: Ergebnisse einer Smartphone-basierten Ecological Momentary Intervention Studie. In 51. Tagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie (DGPs). 15.-20.9.2018. Frankfurt am Main, Deutschland.

      • Stieger, S. & Lewetz, D., 2018. Präsentation: Experience Sampling im Feld unter der Verwendung von frei programmierbaren Wearables. In 13. Wissenschaftlichen Tagung der Österreichischen Gesellschaft für Psychologie. 12.-14.4.2018. Linz, Österreich.

    • Journal Article

      • Bryant, G.A., Fessler, D.M.T., Fusaroli, R., Clint, E., Amir, D., Chavez, B., Denton, K.K., Diaz, C., Duarn, L.T., Fančovičová, J., Fux, M., Ginting, E.F., Hasan, Y., Hu, A., Kamble, S.V., Kameda, T., Kuroda, K., Li, N.P., Luberti, F.R., Peyravi, R., Prokop, P., Quintelier, K.J.P., Shin, H.J., Stieger, S., Sugiyama, L.S., van den Hende, E.A., Viciana-Asensio, H., Yildizhan, S.E., Yong, J.C., Yuditha, T. & Zhou, Y., 2018. The perception of spontaneous and volitional laughter across 21 societies. Psychological Science, 25, S.1515-1525.

      • Moshontz, H., Campbell, L., Ebersole, C.R., IJzerman, H., Urry, H.L., Forscher, P.S., Grahe, J.E., McCarthy, R.J., Musser, E.D., Antfolk, J., Castille, C.M., Evans, T.Rhys, Fiedler, S., Flake, J.Kay, Forero, D.A., Janssen, S.M.J., Keene, J.Robert, Protzko, J., Aczel, B., Solas, S.Álvarez, Ansari, D., Awlia, D., Baskin, E., Batres, C., Borras-Guevara, M.Lucia, Brick, C., Chandel, P., Chatard, A., Chopik, W.J., Clarance, D., Coles, N.A., Corker, K.S., Dixson, B.James Wyld, Dranseika, V., Dunham, Y., Fox, N.W., Gardiner, G., S. Garrison, M., Gill, T., Hahn, A.C., Jaeger, B., Kačmár, P., Kaminski, G., Kanske, P., Kekecs, Z., Kline, M., Koehn, M.A., Kujur, P., Levitan, C.A., Miller, J.K., Okan, C., Olsen, J., Oviedo-Trespalacios, O., Özdoğru, A.Ali, Pande, B., Parganiha, A., Parveen, N., Pfuhl, G., Pradhan, S., Ropovik, I., Rule, N.O., Saunders, B., Schei, V., Schmidt, K., Singh, M.Messiah, Sirota, M., Steltenpohl, C.N., Stieger, S., Storage, D., Sullivan, G.Brent, Szabelska, A., Tamnes, C.K., Vadillo, M.A., Valentova, J.V., Vanpaemel, W., Varella, M.A.C., Vergauwe, E., Verschoor, M., Vianello, M., Voracek, M., Williams, G.P., Wilson, J.Paul, Zickfeld, J.H., Arnal, J.D., Aydin, B., Chen, S.-C., DeBruine, L.M., Fernandez, A.Maria, Horstmann, K.T., Isager, P.M., Jones, B., Kapucu, A., Lin, H., Mensink, M.C., Navarrete, G., Silan, M.A. & Chartier, C.R., 2018. The Psychological Science Accelerator: Advancing Psychology Through a Distributed Collaborative Network. Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science, 1(4), S.501-515.

      • Pietschnig, J., Gittler, G., Stieger, S., Forster, M., Gadek, N., Gartus, A., Kocsis-Bogar, K., Kubicek, B., Luftenegger, M., Olsen, J., Prem, R., Ruiz, N., Serfas, B.G. & Voracek, M., 2018. Indirect (implicit) and direct (explicit) self-esteem measures are virtually unrelated: A meta-analysis of the initial preference task. PLoS One, 13, S.e0202873.

      • Stieger, S. & Kuhlmann, T., 2018. Validating Psychometric Questionnaires Using Experience-Sampling Data: The Case of Nightmare Distress. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 12.

      • Stieger, S. & Lewetz, D., 2018. A Week Without Using Social Media: Results from an Ecological Momentary Intervention Study Using Smartphones. Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking, 21, S.618-624.

Research Projects

  • Sexual activity

    Factors associated with frequency of sexual activity

    • Project Number: LSC20-003
    • Project Lead: Juliane Burghardt, Karl Landsteiner University of Health Sciences / Division Clinical Psychology
    • Project Partner: Karl Landsteiner University of Health Sciences / Division Psychological Methodology, Psychosomatic Center Waldviertel - Eggenburg Clinic, Psychosomatic Center Waldviertel - Eggenburg Clinic
    • Duration: 36 months starting from 01.01.2022
  • DiabPeerS

    Diabetes Peer Messaging: Improving glycaemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus through peer support instant messaging: a randomized controlled trial (diabetes peer messaging)

    • Project Number: LSC18-021
    • Project Lead: Elisabeth Höld, FH St. Pölten / Institute of Health Sciences
    • Project Partner: Karl Landsteiner University of Health Sciences / Division of Internal Medicine 1 (University Hospital St. Pölten), Karl Landsteiner University of Health Sciences / Division Psychological Methodology
    • Duration: 36 months starting from 01.11.2020


    Diabetes mellitus is one of the four priority non-communicable diseases worldwide. Globally, 425 million adults suffered
    from diabetes mellitus (7.2-11.3%) in 2017 and the International Diabetes Federation estimates an increase of 48% of
    the prevalence until 2045. Type 2 diabetes, which is the most common type of diabetes, is mainly seen in adults older
    than 40 years. Diabetes can lead to serious long-term complications as well as a lower quality of life, worse mental
    health and a reduced life expectancy. These health consequences produce significant health care costs. Due to the
    chronical character of diabetes, the disease requires continuous therapy, regular medical appointments and a good
    adherence of those suffering. Therefore, diabetes self-management education (DSME) plays a significant role to
    increase patient’s self-management capacity and improve diabetes therapy. Research indicates that these outcomes
    might be difficult to maintain and seem to decline soon after DSME ends. Consequently, effective strategies to preserve
    the positive effects of DSME are needed. Preliminary results show that peer support, which means support from a
    person who has experiential knowledge of a specific behaviour or stressor and similar characteristics as the target
    population, is associated with better outcomes in terms of HbA1c, cardiovascular disease risk factors or self-efficacy at
    lower cost compared to standard therapy. Although those results are promising, research on peer support in diabetes
    care is still in its infancy and the influence of various factors is unclear. Peer support instant messaging services (IMS)
    approaches have significant potential for diabetes management because support can be provided easily and prompt, is
    inexpensive and needs less effort to attend compared to standard therapy. Furthermore, almost half of the 40-69 year
    old age group, which is mostly affected by the onset of type 2 diabetes, use IMS.
    The major objective of the project is to analyse the impact of a peer supported IMS intervention in addition to a
    standard diabetes therapy on the glycaemic control of type 2 diabetic patients.
    A total of 198 participants with type 2 diabetes mellitus, older than 40 years, and insured by the Insurance Company for
    Railways and Mining will be included and randomly assigned to intervention or control group. Both groups will receive
    standard therapy, but the intervention group will use the peer support IMS tool, additionally. The duration of the
    intervention will last for seven months, followed by an follow-up of seven months. Biochemical, behavioural and
    psychosocial parameters will be measured before, in the middle, and after the intervention as well as after the

  • Wearables

    Experience sampling with wearables: An open-source solution

    • Project Number: P 31800-N38
    • Project Lead: Stefan Stieger, Karl Landsteiner University of Health Sciences / Division Psychological Methodology
    • Duration: 54 months starting from 01.03.2019


    We all know diaries. They are used to record, capture, and monitor our everyday experiences in our own words and are habitually kept on a daily basis. But diaries are also used in science in order to systematically assess life experiences, mostly in a structured form (closed questions) referring to a specific topic (e.g., well-being). Participants may not just answer questions at the end of the day, but also at any time during the day (so-called event- and time-based sampling). In the past, these scientific diaries were used in printed form. However, due to technical progress, nowadays diaries are also digital, and come in new forms and shapes such as Personal Digital Assistants (also known as PDAs) and smartphones. An even more recent development offers further potential as a technological platform for diary studies – wearables. Currently, wearables are predominantly used in sports to measure heart rate and blood pressure, as a pedometer, or to determine the exact GPS position. Meanwhile, the potential to use wearables for scientific purposes, e.g., data collection in diary studies seems substantial. Wearables offer various major advantages, such as being unobtrusive (important for the direct measurement of sensitive topics), not disturbing our daily routines (important for very frequent daily measurements), and being capable of running autonomously (i.e., independent from smartphones and Internet connections). This being said, the present project sets out to develop an open-source software for scientific purposes which should be easily adaptable (e.g., through further sensors, buttons) and work autonomously while implementing low power consumption and the option to store data locally altogether based on a freely available development board.


  1. 02 Feb

    STUDENT TALK: Medicine

    02. February 2022, 18:00 - 19:00
    Online via KL Instagram Channel
  2. 22 Feb

    INFO TALK: Medicine

    22. February 2022, 18:00 - 19:00
    Online Chatroom: Microsoft Teams
  3. 12 Mar

    Open House

    12. March 2022, 10:00 - 14:00
    Karl Landsteiner Privatuniversität, Dr.-Karl-Dorrek-Straße 30,3500 Krems, Trakt Y, Erdgeschoß